Sixty-one foreign friends of Bangladesh from eight different countries today received awards for their outstanding contributions to the country's Liberation War, fought 41 years ago. President Zillur Rahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina presented the auspicious awards at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre, in Dhaka. The awards were given in two categories- "Bangladesh Muktijuddho Sammanana" and "Muktijuddho Moitri Sammanana". Sheikh Hasina, recalled the hard fought battle, thanking the entire world for helping the nation in innumerable ways. Two of the recipients received Bangladesh Muktijuddho Sammanana awards while the remaining 59 got Muktijuddho Moitri Sammanana.